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The founder of Asia Art Tours, Matthew Dagher-Margosian interviews the world's most unique people for conversations on art, travel, politics and creativity.

The Arts of Travel Matthew Dagher-Margosian

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    • 4.5 • 24 Ratings

The founder of Asia Art Tours, Matthew Dagher-Margosian interviews the world's most unique people for conversations on art, travel, politics and creativity.

    Dean Spade: On Mutual Aid - Healing Ourselves to Heal the World

    Dean Spade: On Mutual Aid - Healing Ourselves to Heal the World

    I spoke to writer and organizer Dean Spade on their Book - Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (And The Next). We discuss a fascinating array of topics: Covid, Anarchism, #NoDAPL, Ella baker, #FreeJessicaReznick, Angela Davis, Joy James. Throughout our conversation we try to center this central question - how can Mutual Aid help us heal ourselves, so we can heal the world. 



    For more of Dean's work please check out: http://www.deanspade.net/ 

    Music by: Gold Streak Beats : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w21AouURoe0

    • 54 min
    Jesse Appell: On Performing Standup In China & Selling Tea in the US

    Jesse Appell: On Performing Standup In China & Selling Tea in the US

    I was thrilled to speak with Jesse Appell, who was one of China's most well-known foreign stand-up comics and now is one of the US's best known tea importers. 

    We discuss Jesse's journey through China's stand-up comedy scene, the challenges he faced as a foreign performer, and how he turned himself into a tea importer when borders closed, as a way to continue his connection with China. 

    For more on Jesse you can check out his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessesteahouse/?hl=enAnd his new website: Jesse's Tea House: https://jessesteahouse.com/



    Beat by Zack Sutton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj7PcNoFMEEf

    • 45 min
    Minsun Ji: On Squid Game, Jeon Tae-il & South Korea's Labor Movements

    Minsun Ji: On Squid Game, Jeon Tae-il & South Korea's Labor Movements

    We spoke to organizer Minsun Ji on Squid Game and how the labor movements of South Korea inspired the series. We discuss the Ssangyong Motor strikes, the legendary Jeon Tae-il's rallying cry to workers "We are Not Machines!" & contemporary Neoliberalism in South Korea. 

    For more with Minsun you can check out her work with Labor Co-ops at : https://www.laborcoopconnections.com/

    The three pieces of Minsun's writing we discuss we can find here: 

    On Squid Game: https://labornotes.org/blogs/2021/10/real-life-auto-strike-behind-runaway-netflix-hit-squid-game 

    On Joen Tae Il and Worker Suicides in South Korea: academia.edu/45265187/Korean_Suicide_Protest_as_Anomic_Response_to_Labour_Disempowerment

    On Marx's study of Worker Co-ops: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0309816819852757

    Music by Huston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS62_DxC3VM

    • 44 min
    Bathsheba Demuth - How Capitalism & State Socialism Transformed the Arctic

    Bathsheba Demuth - How Capitalism & State Socialism Transformed the Arctic

    I chatted with Dr. Bathsheba Demuth on her ground-breaking work, Floating Coast: An Environmental History fo the Bering Strait, which discusses how both the Capitalism of the US and the State Socialism of the USSR sought to enclose, extract and transform the Arctic.  

    We discuss the impact of nation-states on the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. How both capitalism and environmentalism devastated the arctic's flora and fauna, and what deeper spiritual meanings we can find in the Arctic and its lifeforms. 



    Music by Prod Riddiman: https://www.youtube.com/c/ProdRiddiman/videos

    • 44 min
    Sam Holden: On Saving Sento & Akiya, Japan's Past & Future Commons

    Sam Holden: On Saving Sento & Akiya, Japan's Past & Future Commons

    I spoke with Japan-based writer Sam Holden on his work saving Sento & Akiya, the "Past and Future Commons" of Japan. 



    We discuss the community ecosystems that Sento Bathouses and Akiya generate, what cities like Tokyo lose when bathhouses disappear, and what lessons rehabilitating these structures and turning them into 'commons' has for a post-growth Japan and a world exhausted by the relentless and violent push for growth in late-state neoliberal capitalism. 



    It's a fascinating chat with one of the brightest minds I've ever interviewed. You can find more of Sam's Writing on his substack. The two essays we discuss can be found here: 


    https://samholden.substack.com/p/what-i-talk-about-when-i-talk-about
    https://samholden.substack.com/p/why-we-founded-sento-and-neighborhood



    Music by Prod. Riddiman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gFpYEJgpvg

    • 1 hr
    Journalist Haris Zargar: On Kashmir's Freedom Struggle

    Journalist Haris Zargar: On Kashmir's Freedom Struggle

    I hosted journalist Haris Zargar for an in-depth conversation on Kashmir, Kashmiri Identity and how India's leader Narendra Modi has unleashed unprecedented violence and authoritarianism on the region. 

    For more on Kashmir, I highly recommend Haris's work at New Frame Magazine: https://www.newframe.com/writer/haris-zargar/

    For more on a Feminist perspective on Kashmir and India's state, carceral and patriarchal violence, I highly recommend the group Zanaan Wanaan, who we hope to host as interview guests in the near future: https://zanaanwanaan.com/about/

    Photo Attributed to Kashmir Global (CC 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/kashmirglobal

    First beat is by 'ONE': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybtkdZ-vNQQ&t=68s 

    Second Song is by Zanaan Wanaan: "Kashmiri Bella Ciao" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABe4V1DR0jM 

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

NPM313 ,

Unique, informed perspectives

Keep up the good work. I just listened to the most recent one and fully agree about First Reformed. What a powerful movie.

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Very through and informative

I listened to the episode with Neha Dixit and i haven’t looked back since. In-depth discussions on very broad array of topics & highly recommended.

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Immensely informative

If you consider yourself a progressive, or someone who is interested in understanding global events and issues beyond a superficial level, this podcast is a must.

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